The 15th annual Women’s Day of Reflection will be held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 210 Greentree Road, Munhall, Pa. A dedicated committee meets throughout the year to plan and coordinate the day, working with a theme of interest to women to help them grow in their spirituality. The springtime event features a schedule of three speakers who focus on the chosen theme of the day; luncheon; vendors and a bountiful basket auction with proceeds donated to local women’s shelters. Contact Sister Marion Dobos at 412-322-8773 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Cost is $25, which includes lunch. No refunds. Pre-registration is required. Deadline is April 26. Sponsored by the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchial Office of Religious Education.
Women’s Day of Reflection: “Angels Build Bridges”
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Bridges of Compassion
Samantha Scholl is a 26-year-old who currently works as a unit secretary and patient care technician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Mercy Hospital. After graduating from Quigley Catholic High School in 2010, she pursued studies at the University of Pittsburgh, first in Johnstown and then the main campus, obtaining a BA in psychology in 2015. A member of TRIO (Transplant Recipients International organization), she has received two heart transplants and a kidney transplant.
Bridges for Service
Three local Penn State University women were part of an eight-member team of engineering students from the Penn State University Chapter of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) who constructed a 200-foot suspended bridge in the Muhanga District in Rwanda, Africa.
Feedback from the young women on their experience:
“The people we met in Rwanda were appreciative, passionate and welcoming.”
“Being a part of the bridge build was one of the most humbling and edifying things I’ve ever done.”
“The biggest lesson I learned after a month in Rwanda is: Material possessions and things associated with being ‘successful’ in America are trivial. It’s all about love and helping your neighbor, something lost in our culture.”
The bridge allows 8,500 people to have safe and easy access to healthcare, education and fulfilling journeys in Rwanda.
Bridges that Support Us
Sister Elise Mora, OSF is an experienced bilingual educator, pastoral associate, crisis intervention professional and immigration counselor with more than 40 years of experience in traditional and non-traditional settings. Sister has worked in such settings as high schools, large metropolitan hospitals, Catholic Charities, parishes, seminary, prison and religious congregational leadership.
One of her exceptional abilities is to counsel and process immigrants, petitioners and foreign teachers as well as to help inner-city poor resolve crises.
Participants in past Women’s Day events remark:
● “Very Inspirational! This was my first program and I will be back.”
● “Looking forward to next year.”
● “I have attended in the past. This was the best day ever, it was truly an inspiring and worthwhile day.”
● “Informing and inspiring as always!”
● “Loved Fr. Andrew’s nut rolls.”
● “I am so grateful for the speakers. May God bless them, as they blessed me.”
● “This was my first time. I brought my 23-year-old daughter for bonding. Loved the speakers.”
● “Excellent program! Had a wonderful time and felt very uplifted. I am grateful to everyone who made it happen.”